One must admire Edie Rodgers, even in disagreement. She cares and dares to speak out. An example is her recent letter regarding the banners on Bay Street. But her solution for inevitable change is to stick to tradition, rather than seek other facts.
A nearby Bay Street resident offers these facts: At least 2,000 vehicles now pass in 24 hours. Speed limits are posted at 35 mph and 25 mph, but we watch drivers speed by at 50 mph, often phoning and texting. Some nearby residents are old or handicapped. Using the street daily are children, runners, parents with infants and pets (too often killed). No residential street requires more careful attention by motorists.
The banners at Bay Street and Ribaut Road are a community treasure. The main issue is not whether they are "unsightly" but that they are a symbol of "city" -- a symbol creating one more urge to make Bay Street a racetrack.
The only defense offered is that the banners are a tradition.
Common sense tells us to move our banners to a site that is truly traditional, but where they will be seen, because Ribaut and Bay are committed to end as highways. Save west Bay Street as the residential street it is. Avoid inevitable disaster in the making.
Robert Newton Beaufort